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April 2, 2013

As the Supreme Court of the United States deliberates the fate of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California's Proposition 8, pundits are asking how we got to this point. What was the precedent that has culminated in the possibility that the U.S. will legalize same-sex marriage, as has been done in nearly a dozen countries worldwide?

In recent days, my Facebook news feed has been filled with friends citing...

April 2, 2013

I was alerted to a direct and sustained attack on my Canadian-ness by our new director of development, Christopher Check (better known as Herr Direktor) in his otherwise fine and insightful blog post of March 14. The issue at hand was the proper pronunciation of Bergoglio, the family surname of Pope Francis.

Before I take a mukluk-clad step further, I must admit that my rhetorical well has been poisoned. Signor (Italian spelling) Check asserted that I acquire a bad mood when...

April 2, 2013

The first time I tried to see the Shroud of Turin was in 1992, but I forgot my x-ray specs, so I caught only a glimpse of a stone box tucked in a badly lit chapel of that city's Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. I fared better in 1998, when the Shroud was exhibited for the first time in two decades. As I stood in front of the yellowed cloth, stretched and lit in its bulletproof case above the altar, I had a strong and perhaps absurd urge, which at first I resisted. Then I gave in.

I...

March 31, 2013

Over several posts, I have responded to various Protestant objections to praying to saints. “How can a mere man respond to multiple prayers at the same time?” "Prayer to saints is necromancy!" Or, perhaps the most famous, “If Jesus Christ is revealed in I Tim. 2:5 to be the...

March 29, 2013

The good thief, as he is commonly called, is an unnamed character mentioned in the Gospel of Luke who was crucified alongside Jesus and asked Jesus to remember him in his kingdom. He is traditionally referred to as St. Dismas.

Though he has never been formally canonized by the Church, he is believed to be a saint by virtue of Christ’s words, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” His feast day is March 25.

When we cross-reference the account of the...